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Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA)Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA)

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Slatetank on 09-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of nmann08
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to wine glass. Sampled 5/25/11, shortly after the beer was released.

A: Creamy, yellow-stained cap of 1 1/2 fingers, frothy, with great staying power. Relatively clear, only a small amount of haze can be seen in the medium-light orange colored body. Lacing is good.

S: Modest aromas of caramel and grain with resiny orange hop aromas coming out on top. Underlying grapefruit and maybe a hint of freshly chopped pine wood.

T: Additional tropical fruit in the form of pineapple. Malt flavor is bolder than the nose suggests adding a moderate amount of sweetness. Thankfully a firm bitter finish balances it out. The ABV, while modest in the DIPA realm (my bottle indicates 8.5%), is nowhere to be found.

M: Medium-full body with a thick minerally texture and an above average lively carbonation.

O: Incredibly drinkable. And gets better with each sip.

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Photo of zrab11
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice Hazy Bronze color. Has a nice 2 finger head

S- Has a nice citrus hop smell, Also smells of grapefruit and some hops

T- Has a nice potent citrus hop at the beginning with a nice sweetness in the middle and then finishes with a piney bitter flavor

M-has a medium body feel with ok carbonation

D-Overall this was a really nice DIPA. It had a nice bite of hops and good citrus flavors. It got a little too bitter as it warmed up but as long as u drink it cold and fast this is a really nice DIPA. I won't be seeking it out necessarily but if i see it again ill def. grab a pint of it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Zeno's To Go in State College, PA. Didn't realize how old it was but the bottle code suggests that it was brewed on March 30, 2011.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium hazy yellow/orange colour with half a finger of white head.

S - Pine, light citrus and some sweet caramel. The bitterness on the nose is not reminiscent of a DIPA.

T - A good bitterness up front with pine, herbal and citrus notes. A sweet caramel malt backbone balances it out and is especially evident in the finish. The bitterness is noticeable but not as puckering as would be expected for a DIPA. Tastes more like an IPA. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky golden-orange with almost a finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind some decent lacing that is ultra-fine. This is obviously unfiltered because of the amount of sediment/yeast floating around in the snifter. Moderate carbonation.

N: Resinous pine, orange citrus, lemon and notes of floral.

T: Resinous pine and grapefruit upfront. This is followed by burnt sugar, tangerine, lemon and navel orange. Finishes with spicy pine, navel orange, florals and hints of caramel.

M: Medium bodied, surprisingly clean, bitter and dry.

O: This DIPA is more in league with the West Coast IPAs. Very hop forward with a lot of pine, floral and citrus. Not too much going on in the malt department though. Hop-heads will love it but if you prefer a more balanced DIPA like me than you may be disappointed.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had as Beer Camp #29. Aroma is fairly hoppy and earthy with a yeasty undertone. It pours a clear yellow amber with a fairly thick and fluffy white head that leaves a little lacing. Flavor is hoppy to the point of evergreen, and has a subtle sweet fruity underpinning plus some woody and earthy hints. Lively, fizzy texture leaves a nice buzz in the mouth and on the lips.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Decently hazy bronze colored brew. Almost like King Ghidorah's great scales. Large pillowy head of froth that displayed some good retention. Lacing was soapy.

S - Big citrus hop aroma, mostly grapefruits. Hoppy but not overkill here.

T - Intensely bitter, with a potent hop bite. Citrusy for most of the body, with a mild sweetness offering balance. Pine in the aftertaste.

M - Oily medium body with a mild carbonation level. Finish was mostly dry.

D - Excellent double, and a worthy tribute to The Three Headed Monster. Make this one year round and give it a good label!

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Photo of ehammond1
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

A beautiful beer. Clear golden orange and yellow with just a touch of haze. Relatively big, persistent off-white head and messy, sticky lacing all the way down the glass. A sight to behold.

Somewhat muted and faraway aromas. Not nearly as piney or hop-forward as I may have imagined, or hoped for, from a big IPA from Sierra Nevada. There's a touch of pine, some sweet citrus and malt, and quite a bit of bready, mealy aroma as well.

A bitter-first DIPA, then some pine and a touch of sweet citrus. Relatively well balanced. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

Medium bodied, just the slightest touch oily, well-carbonated, and a pleasure to drink.

A delicious, bitter-first DIPA that I wish would just be a touch more aromatic. A pleasure to drink and I'm glad I found this one on tap in SoCal; before this, I'd only had the opportunity of sampling it at the brewery.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

300th review, On tap at a local pub, poured into a goblet

A: pale in color, foamy 1/2" off white head. Reduces to lacing that clings all over the glass.

S: strong caramel and citrus hop

T: punch of citrus and pine molded well with plenty of sweet caramel and malt. Just what a dipa should be

M: medium bodied, slightly dry mouthfeel

O: excellent dipa, cheers!!

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Photo of juhl31
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-i really enjoy the lighter color...which is gold with an orange hue by the way. also, the head is good in height, stickiness and resistance

-not very strong on the whiff. there's some pine in there for sure. a touch of malty sweetness as well. i wish there was more to come out though

-there is a good front to back hop bitterness that stays at the same peak. most of which is pine. with a bit of grass.

-there is a nice oily body with some carbonation that is a little on the overboard end as far as lasting power is concerned

-on second thought, this is a very bitter beer. the hops linger like crazy. i definitely enjoy this and would love some on tap, but i could use it being a hint more balanced

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Photo of peacebone116
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer in the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Mix Pack. Poured from bottle into Delirium snifter.

A: Dark straw colored, clear body with lots of carbonation. Nice 1-cm of white head.

N: Citrus and earthy pine with a hint of melon.

T/M: Bitter! Very earthy and piny on the pallet. Definitely tastes like the SN house yeast is used, as there is a distinct commonality in the flavoring between this and the all the other SN beers I have had the pleasure of tasting. Not much of a malt backing, except the biscuit-like middle; the beer starts hoppy and ends hoppy with lots of mouth puckering bitterness. The beer feels a bit oily, but the carbonation helps make this very drinkable.

Overall, I like this beer very much, but I am not overwhelmingly impressed by it. I do like how they let the hops' characteristics shine, but it is just a very good IIPA--nothing spectacular, but certainly maintains the high quality one expects from Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of sholland119
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear pale gold wit some good sticky lacing from a thin white head.

S-Not much going on here. Some sweet juicy citrus but very light.

T-Tasty. Lots of fine citric bitterness with a very solid malt backbone.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. crisp.

O-Nice, not awesome but nice.


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Photo of KSac4115
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a half inch white foam head that dissipates quickly until leaving only a thin coating across the top. Color is that expected in an IPA but a little bit lighter and filtered. Smells is delicious. Not over powering but very pleasnt hints of cirtus and hops. Lemony, orangey hints come out. Floral scent make it very sweet smelling. Taste is very solid. The many citrusy smells don't come through so much with the taste. Flavors are more obvious at the beginning on the taste and the flavors die out quickly during the middle and end of the taste. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste but very mild flavor aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very solid. Carbonated well and remarkably drinkable. Bitterness is apparent as one would expect in an IPA but not too in-your-face which adds to its drinkability. Rather light too for an imperial IPA.
Overall this beer is very solid. However, as a big IPA fan I've come to expect more of imperials than this one brings to the table. It's a good beer, just not a great beer.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap during Philly beer week.

A: Orange body. Thin off-white head. Spotty lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: Rather mild hop profile. A bit of citrus and some earthy pine. Some boozy fumes also wafted from the glass.

T: The flavor was really mild. The hops contributed more bitterness than actual flavor. What was here was mostly light citric notes and some pine cones.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and some bitterness in the finish. Good profile.

O: Just wasn't enough flavor here to keep me interested. It was mostly bitterness, which was off-putting when there wasn't enough flavor to go with it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

My trek through the Beer Camp begins with this beer here. It pours a clear orange-tinged brass topped by a full finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine sap, grapefruit, sweet caramel, light pineapple, and a touch of white grape and peach. The taste goes a bit harder on the caramel to begin with, then follows that with a strong onrush of pine, orange peel, grapefruit, and pineapple. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a very good DIPA, one with some nice balance and a strong-enough hop presence to make sure you remember the style. Good times starting this box.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy orange with a huge, billowing, pillow like head two inches tall. The head just would not give up any ground, very slow fade. Left behind enormous amounts of gooey sticky lace. Fantastic lookng, perfect double IPA look. Smell could have been a bit stronger and that was really the oly downside to the thing. Major contributer here was the citrus hops. Very strong grapefruit and pineapple came through from the start, as well as some of the alcohol, which at 9.4%abv, should come as no suprise. As it warmed, more of a piney, resin type smell started to xome through. Taste was very smooth, not alot of carbonation here, but not really needed. Very strong and very bitter citrus hops in this one. The grapefruit alone will make you take a step back. Hints of pineapple as well, big alcohol taste that seemed to mellow a bit as it warmed. Big dry finish, left you wanting some more. This was a very smooth, very drinkable, and overall really good DIPA.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review #400. on tap, one of my all-time favorites. hoping this beer camp bottle stacks up.

pours a rich, vibrant orange with an odd opalescent glow that seems to illuminate the two-plus-finger billowy bright-white head. decent retention that leaves chunky, sheetcake lacing.

aroma is pungent. citrusy, zesty, vibrant herbal notes. almsot a touch of cat urine? hmm. artificial fruit - gushers! and some decent caramel malt undertones to somewhat balance the intense hop nose.

sweet honey and caramel malt notes dominate the front end, then the citrusy, juicy, vibrant hops flow forth like the mississippi. orange, lemon, grapefruit. resinous pine in the finish. deliciously potent, with a strong, almost dominant neutral bitter herbal note as it warms. the citrus isn't as potent as I remember on tap. but still solid.

mouth is moderate with solid light carbonation that really carries the flavors beautifully. bottle version isn't quite as thick and vibrant as on tap... a touch thinner than I'd like for the flavors.

drinkability is pretty high, although this is an overall score now. I know it's not fair to take in to account other serving styles, but this is truly a shell of what Ghidorah is on tap. That being said, I'll still be having as many as possible while I can!

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. It has a good sized, thick head with good retention and scattered lacing. Medium amount of carbonation.

S: There are a lot of hops in the smell, which is what is expected from a double IPA. There are also some floral and piney aromas.

T: Again, a lot of hops, but it doesn't rip your tongue off like other double IPAs. There are some light floral and citrus flavors as well.

M: It has a medium body. It leaves a somewhat bitter aftertaste, but it's expected. It is quite refreshing.

O: It is very easy to drink for a double IPA. Maybe not the best example of a double since it doesn't have an off the charts hop profile, but it is very good nonetheless.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks pale gold comming out of the 12oz bottle into the glass. Larger white fluffy head forms over the hazy orange beer. The head has tons of retention and is leaving me lots of lacing. Looks perfect.

S- Pine dominates the nose with lighter, but noticeable citrus and a malt that plays a minor role.

T- Very nice. I get a slight pucker from the bitterness of the pine and citrus. Some sweetness comes through toward the middle but goes away in the finish. The finish is bitter that lingers a while after.

M- Medium/light feel that feels right. The carbonation is minimal and feels almost creamy.

O- good beer front to finish. Its nice to have an good DIPA in a mix pack like this

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Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ghidorah (Beer Camp #29) is a light gold color. Looks slightly hazy, and a bit yellow when held to light. Not looking like much caramel malt is in the mix. A vanilla colored head tops it and stands about a finger tall. It recedes slowly, and leaves a thick, sticky web of lace in its wake. Looks good!

The nose is very good. Classic Sierra Nevada. It’s very heavy on citric hops. Grapefruit, orange and mango notes are all strong. Pine is not quite as strong, but is definitely noted. The base seems like a mix of caramel and pale malts. Caramel isn’t all that strong. Smells a little sweet, but far from offensive. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through too strong.

The flavor is impressive. The malt base is definitely light on caramel. I like that. There’s a candy-like, sugary sweet flavor to it, but it’s definitely not caramel or toffee. The hop bill is primarily citric. Grapefruit and orange flavors are most notable. It’s bitter, and seems to grow more bitter and dry with each passing sip. Alcohol is there, but isn’t warm or hot. It might be a tad strong in flavor for roughly 8%. Finishes hoppy, bitter, and dry.

Ghidorah has a medium body that’s quite smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. This stuff honestly goes down really easy for a sizeable beer. I’ll stick with a single bottle tonight, but I wouldn’t mind another honestly.

It seems like Sierra Nevada’s roster features a litany of hoppy IPAs. They’re all pretty good, too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t enthralled with Hoptimum, their first bottled DIPA release (that I recall). To put it simply, Ghidorah is far superior to Hoptimum. It does not feature the overly sweet, boozy flavor that Hoptimum did. Ghidorah is much more refined, and is more consistent with what I consider a quality DIPA – an unbalanced, hoppy treat. I’m really pleased they included it in the Beer Camp mix pack.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle for Beer Camp mixer pack). Pours golden with lots of small yeast sedimentation in suspension. White head with some lacing developing. Nice carbonation. Aroma has dank hops, grass, citrus and biscuit. Taste has a sweet malt backbone that gives way to a sharp hop bitterness. The hops are brighter than I expected and I appreciate that. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Not bad at all.

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Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 98 ratings
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